When Head Coach Romeo Crennel addresses his team before kick-off, he's probably going to remind his players that this might be the last time some of them can impress his coaching staff enough to make the final roster. Because at this point, most of the positions on this team are set.
So what can we expect tonight against the Seahawks?
1. WR Dwyane Bowe - After signing his tender last week, Bowe's ha a relatively solid week of practice. Though he likely won't play a lot on Friday against Seattle, he should get enough reps to get his feet wet.
With Bowe in the fold, suddenly the Chiefs have the most potent offense in the AFC West. They have playmakers at every offensive position especially receiver. With Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jon Baldwin, Kansas City is light years ahead of the Chargers, Broncos and Raiders in that department.
But none of that means anything if Quarterback Matt Cassel, doesn't get the ball to this trio of talented receivers Friday night. If there's been a slight downside to the performance of the Chiefs signal-caller to this point, it's his inability to get his receivers more involved in the offense.
That should change tonight against Seattle.
2. LB Jevon Belcher - After two preseason games, the fourth year player from Maine has been woeful. Belcher has talent but he's been slow to react to the ball. At the core of his issues, his coverage skills haven't been very good and for a starter, he might be the biggest weakness on this defense.
But at this stage of August, I'm not sure the Chiefs have any better options. Brandon Siler, my choice to open the season as the starter, doesn't appear to be at full strength yet. But they need him to get healthy in a hurry.
Belcher might indeed be a solid contributor in certain situations but I can't see him being talented enough to be a three down defensive player for this football team. However, should he differ from my opinions, he better have the game of his life against Seattle.
3. QB Brady Quinn - It's clear the Ricky Stanzi experiment in 2012 has hit the preverbal wall. And with the former Iowa standout crashing right it into the last couple of games and if he doesn't show signs of life might not make the final 53. That means the Chiefs need to get Quinn ready to assume the position should Cassel be hit with an injury.
Last week against the St, Louis Rams, Quinn led the fourth stringers to a touchdown and for all practical purposes, locked down the back-up spot for the Chiefs.
Though Cassel has been the Chiefs MVP since the onset of training camp, Quinn has quietly been steady and poised when given the chance to get on the field. And that's a good thing for the Chiefs.
Last season when Cassel went down the back-up position was a disaster until the late arrival of Kyle Orton. But Quinn offers the Chiefs a veteran presence that, if called upon, can guide and NFL offense to both productivity and points.
And if that's the case, the Chiefs need to get him all the third and fourth quarter reps they can against Seattle.
DE Shaun Smith - He made it very clear on Twitter that he wants to re-join the Chiefs. We've been told that Crennel would like to see that happen. But that might be the extent of it in Kansas City.
The ultimate decision likely rests in the hands of General Manager Scott Pioli, who two years ago had a deal with Smith and his representatives, then they turned around and took a bigger offer from the Tennessee Titans. So if Smith returns to the Chiefs, it will be under Pioli's terms.
2. CB Brandon Flowers - His injury continues to be a mystery. With a strained foot, he probably should have been back on the practice field at this point. But with the regular season just two weeks away, the Chiefs are getting close to the point where he could miss the opener against Atlanta.
3. S Kendrick Lewis - The Chiefs are still trying to add another safety to their roster. With Lewis on the fence for the season opener, thanks to another shoulder injury, the Chiefs defense suddenly finds itself weak at the position. Don't be surprised though on Tuesday, when teams are mandated to trim their rosters, that Kansas City plucks a safety or two from the waiver wire.
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